With year round sunshine and affordable flood irrigation available, we have the luxury of growing a variety of fresh, organic produce in our own yards. Phoenix began as a small farming community that had wonderful citrus groves that still exist. We have a long history of growing food on a local level.
Yard space isn’t just for grass anymore. At the Arcadia Edible Garden Tour, you will see how a group of local edible food gardeners are continuing on this local farming tradition, and in the urban Phoenix setting, have changed their front and backyards into productive garden space! While we know that for prior tour goers the tour has been in the Arcadia area only. But this year we are branching out a teeny bit to visit some lovely can’t miss gardens in Central Phoenix too!
The tour will feature urban orchards of stone-fruit trees, espaliered apple trees, nut trees, vegetable & herb gardens that use traditional and raised bed techniques, berry hedges, pollinator gardens of mixed beds of flowers and edibles, composting systems in a variety of sizes, grey water ponds, and everyone’s favorite – the backyard chicken coops and dairy goats!
At Arcadia's Edible Garden Tour you will have the opportunity to meet the gardeners, ask them questions, and get inspiration for your own garden while getting to know your neighbors!
Please join us to see these 9 edible gardens that showcase productive landscaping at its’ finest. You will see that these gardens are not only much more practical than ornamentals, but truly beautiful as well!
Ronnie and Max's Blue Chick Farm. A desert landscaped front yard and a small backyard farm which produces plenty of delicious, organic produce for family consumption as well as extras to share with family, friends and neighbors. The backyard features a chicken coop which is the home to seen beautiful hens (our feathered egg factory!) sixteen fruit trees of various types, a large loquat tree, berries, three raised bed garden beds for vegetables, and herb spiral and a rose garden.
Robbie’s Harvest House.This long-time Arcadia family has renovated a 60-year-oldbungalow in old town Scottsdale and have lovingly named it Harvest House. Their goal is to seamlessly blend a beautiful country homestead with an edible micro farm to produce enough food for the family to live off of their land and share with friends & community and still maintain a year-round lush green landscape. The property has about 200 sq. feet of organic raised beds along with a healthy variety of citrus & stone fruit trees. Harvest House is a little treasure trove that blends a sustainable edible landscape with comfort & grace.
Gordon and Kay’s Jardin de Lagniappe (LAN-yap). These Louisiana natives have been gardening on their one acre property for the last fifteen plus years. They grow vegetables and flowers in both raised and in ground beds. Numerous fruit and citrus trees, including a few from their home state, have been planted to compliment the mature citrus trees. Gordon and Kay love to share their bounty with family and friends.
|Arcadia Edible Garden Tour
Date: Saturday, May 13th, 2017
Time: 8:00am – 1:00pm
Neighborhood Garden Market &
Refreshments Available for
Jill’s Sweet Life Garden:
8:00am – 1:00pm
Tickets: $18.00 + 8.6%sales tax
Children under 7 are free!
Tickets sell very quickly, and
tickets are limited
A portion of the proceeds from the Arcadia Edible Garden Tour will go to benefit community gardens in the Phoenix area.
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|Davidís Care-A-Lot Farm.
An amazing example of how to create an urban orchard and utilize the land, Care-A-Lot Farms has over 60 fruit trees, two large gardens, two eco-ponds, and numerous chickens. Plus now he has added honey bees! David is always experimenting in the yard and striving to make use of every drop of irrigation and grey water, minimizing the need for City water. Care-A-Lot Farms is truly a gardening oasis.
Troy & Rebecca’s Farmyard.
This property is an urban micro-farm that is packed with enough produce to support 15 families for their Community Supported Agriculture venture. You will see a fantastic productive landscape packed with a variety of garden styles, fruit & nut trees, and “the girls” who produce our eggs. Rebecca & Troy run Farmyard, a company specializing in edible garden installations. Read more about their unique company at www.myfarmyard.com
Hal & Jill’s Sweet Life Garden.
Sweet Life Garden is a family run backyard mini-farm and orchard. This garden includes raised vegetable beds using lasagna gardening methods, herb barrels, a large chicken coop and espaliered apple trees. The small-scale orchard provides enough peaches for a seasonal front yard fruit stand that includes peach jams, cobbler and of course juicy, organic peaches. For more information about this garden, visit www.sweetlifegarden.com
Rizal & Kim’s Garden.
Near the Papago Buttes, a visit to this garden will inspire the juxtaposition of edible gardening in the desert landscape. A natural rocky desert setting with meandering paths through terraced garden beds filled with veggies and herbs, fruit trees, and grapes. Also see their new chicken coop – the home of 6 new lucky bantam chickens.
Jon and Carrie’s Historic Home & Garden.
El Chaparral was built in the early 40's as a winter home for Carrie's grandparents. Extensive gardens now surround the property and include a beautiful citrus orchard, a newly planted stone fruit orchard, herb and rose beds, a cactus garden and Jon's raised beds perfectly planted with assorted vegetables and strawberries.
Tom & Britt’s Farmstead.
This farmstead has been in the works for about three years. When Tom and Britt purchased their Arcadia home in 2012, the yard already had many established citrus trees and two gigantic pecan trees. After much dreaming and moving of dirt, the garden area was born! It consists of 7 lovely cedar beds enclosed by beautiful cedar fencing. It provides a great family growing space where their 3 young children can dig and get their hands dirty too! Britt, loves adding flowers into her beds for added beauty and to help in pollination!